A Zen master, when asked where he would go after he died, replied, ‘To Hell, for that’s where help is needed most.’” ~ Roshi Philip Kapleau
Think about it for a second, the world we live in is turning into a burning hell. A hell with smoke over your head, gunk under your feet and plastic spearing on your chest, and yet we don’t care how scary it’s getting day by day- like the existence of plastic straws in our lives.
A tiny, plastic straw is something that comes with beverages that we order, from a milkshake to a glass of water. Though a straw may not look like it takes any blame in the plastic pollution around us, its usage is adding up rapidly and has created a huge problem. For example, USA uses 500 million straws every day, which is enough to circle the Earth 2.5 times (Yes! That’s true). This non-essential part of our life is a disaster for the environment.
On, July 9th, 2018, Starbucks has announced that it is eliminating disposable plastic straws and is introducing a new lid which will make drinking cold beverage possible without a straw. A ban on plastic straws will not only save the ocean, but it is a gateway towards reducing the use of non-biodegradable plastic.
Let’s look at some alternatives we could consider instead of using those toxic plastic straws, like:
1. Paper Straws
There are manufacturers, who believe that single-use plastic straws are not the only way to enjoy your drink.
These rigid paper straws are not just biodegradable but also compostable. Thus making these an amazing alternative to non-biodegradable plastic straws.
Manufacturer- aardvark straws.
2. Edible Straws
These are some straws that can be extremely fun for a person enjoying a cold drink on a hot day. These straws are made of chewy candy, seaweed-based or just a simple mix of flour and water- pasta straws.
It is hyper-compostable in nature and marine-degradable and looks exactly like a regular plastic straw.
3. Bamboo Straws
This fun and eco-friendly alternative to the devious plastic straw is a shining knight for the marine animals and the environment. It is organically certified, durable and beautiful straws for a chilled drink on a sunny day.
4. Glass Straws
These types of straws are reusable and beautiful looking as well. It makes your drink look classy and makes the earth plastic free as it can be used as a utensil. Apart from this, a glass straw is BPA free and hypoallergenic as well, which makes every sip toxin free.
5. Metal Straws
These metal pipes are safe and BPA free. The manufacturers have designed it with so much perfection that it won’t rust, corrode or bend. These are ideal for any occasion from a casual movie night to an elegant dinner.
We can finally put an end to 130 years of environmentally destructive sipping by adopting these alternatives and can make it possible to have a nice cold beverage without the guilt of damaging the environment.
So, have fun with these amazing and creative options that make going an extra mile for our mother earth easy and guilt-free by using these substitutes of plastic straws.
- Buy acrylic straws at Amazon.com
- Freeze yourself a disappearing straw using a specially designed mold.
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